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Submission + - The EFF reports on Facebook Phishing Targeting Opposition in Syria (eff.org)

headhntr writes: Recent digital attacks in Syria have escalated culminating in recent phishing attempts using the Facebook page of Burhan Ghalioun, Chairman of the Syrian Opposition Transitional Council. As the EFF reports:

"The campaign of attacks targeting Syrian opposition activists on the Internet continues to intensify. Since the beginning of the year, Syrian opposition activists have been targeted using several Trojans, which covertly install spying software onto the infected computer, as well as phishing attacks which steal YouTube and Facebook login credentials

Since April 9th, EFF has seen at least five new phishing attacks, the aim of which is to steal Facebook logins and passwords; some attacks also involve a component that covertly installs surveillance malware onto the targeted computer. One of these attacks was seeded through links in comments left on the Facebook pages of prominent members of the Syrian opposition, including Burhan Ghalioun, Chairman of the Syrian Opposition Transitional Council. Ghalioun has been the target of numerous hacking attempts. Last week, members of the Syrian Electronic Army leaked emails purporting to demonstrate collaboration between Ghalioun and officials in the United States and Saudi Arabia. Ghalioun's email account was reportedly targeted in retaliation for the Syrian opposition's leak of emails allegedly allegedly belonging to Syrian president Bashar Assad and his wife."

Politics

Submission + - A 4000mph Train From D.C. To Beijing In 2 Hrs (singularityhub.com)

kkleiner writes: "Evacuated Tube Transport, or ETT, combines the efficiency of maglev trains, already in use in Europe and Asia, with the efficiency of moving through an airless environment. Not only does ETT lack an engine – and a need for fossil fuel propulsion – but because it can glide along almost indefinitely through the vacuum it takes full advantage of Newton’s age-old “an object in motion stays in motion.” If ETT does see the light of day it is estimated to travel at a top speed of 4,000 mph, fast enough to go from Washington DC to Beijing in just two hours."
Ubuntu

Submission + - Ubuntu 12.04 LTS out - Unity gets a second chance (aboutlinux.info)

An anonymous reader writes: So how does Ubuntu Precise Pangolin (12.04) fare ? I will say exceptionally well. Unity is not the same ugly duckling it was made out to be. In Ubuntu 12.04, it has transformed into a beautiful swan. As Ubuntu 12.04 is a long term release, the Ubuntu team has pulled all stops to make sure the user experience is positive.

Ubuntu 12.04 aka Precise Pangolin is definitely worthy of running on your machine.

Apple

Submission + - Man offers to legally change name for a ticket to Apple's WWDC (bgr.com)

zacharye writes: Apple announced on Wednesday that its annual Worldwide Developer Conference will take place from June 11th through June 15th this year in San Francisco, California. The company made tickets available at around 8:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, and they were sold out within two hours, likely before most West Coast-based developers even woke up. Tickets are not transferable this year and as such, developers who didn’t manage to secure a ticket don’t have many options. One man, however, found a way around Apple’s restrictions...
Intel

Intel Breathes New Life Into Pentium 207

angry tapir writes "Intel is giving new life to its Pentium processor for servers, and has started shipping the new Pentium 350 chip for low-end servers. The dual-core processor operates at a clock speed of 1.2GHz and has 3MB of cache. Like many server chips, the Pentium 350 lacks features such as integrated graphics, which are on most of Intel's laptop and desktop processors."

Comment Consider building your own (Score 2) 196

DD-WRT isn't what it used to be anymore, the build environment is a mess, a lot of drivers are binary only and often you have to dig around in the forums to find which builds are stable. I had a lot of bad experiences with consumer grade wireless routers (Linksys WRT610N... $#!&) and building my own router was the best choice I ever made. You can use OpenWRT on a broad range of devices and it has similar features as DD-WRT and also a very nice web-interface. It runs perfectly on low power embedded PC's such as PCEngines Alix (X86) or Ubiquity RouterStation (ARM). Nice enclosures and also complete pre-built systems can be found on eBay. The best choice for wireless network cards would be Atheros based, using the ATH9K driver in Linux. Ubiquity (www.ubnt.com) makes some very decent high power versions (SR-71 series) and Wistron DNMA92 is perfect as a budget solution (can be found on the pcengines online store). The RouterStation Pro and some of the Alix boards allow you to connect multiple wireless network cards for Dual Band radios. I would strongly suggest to use 5 GHz in addition to 2.4 GHz for the devices that support it. The 2.4 GHz range is overcrowded.
Encryption

Submission + - New Attack Tool Exploits SSL Renegotiation Bug (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: A group of researchers has released a tool that they say implements a denial-of-service attack against SSL servers by triggering a huge number of SSL renegotiations, eventually consuming all of the server's resources and making it unavailable. The tool exploits a widely known issue with the way that SSL connections work.

The attack tool, released by a group called The Hacker's Choice, is meant to exploit the fact that it takes a lot of server resources to handle SSL handshakes at the beginning of a session, and that if a client or series of clients sends enough session requests to a given server, the server will at some point fail. The condition can be worsened when SSL renegotiation is enabled on a server. SSL renegotiation is used in a number of scenarios, but most commonly when there is a need for a client-side certificate. The authors of the tool say that the attack will work on servers without SSL renegotiation enabled, but with some modifications.

Submission + - Why Open Source Software? (ideernes.dk)

An anonymous reader writes: Danish broadcasting company recently asked for ideas on how to foster growth and entrepreneurship. I suggested requiring government use Open Source Software and require development projects being developed as Open Source. I might eventually have to explain how that accomplishes anything. What should I tell them?

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